After reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project Book a couple of years, I was inspired to start a happiness project of my own. Through this blog I have shared practical advice and insights, hopefully with a dose of humor.
As my project continues to expand, I’ve come to realize the importance of ongoing research and reading. Consequently, I began a happiness library of sorts comprised of books, articles and videos that focus on positive lifestyle skills.
Last summer I had the pleasure of participating in four week nature and animal symbolism tele-course offered by life coach Linda Fennell (www.lindafennellcoaching.com). It was a unique way of connecting to and honoring nature and oneself.
Here are a few books you might want to add to your own library.
- Think Forward to Thrive, by Jennice Vilhauer, Ph.D. Teaches us how to stop re-creating the past and start creating a positive future.
- Wise Mind Living, by Erin Olivo, Ph.D. Shows us how through mindfulness-based exercise how to deal with anger, fear and sadness.
- The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, by Dalai Lama. Shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood through meditation.
- Positive Quotes for Every Day, by Patricia Lorenz. A book of daily affirmations.
- The Close Relationships Questionnaire, developed by R. Curtis Fraley, Ph.D., Kelly Brennan, Ph.D., and Niels Waller, Ph.D. This test measures your level of attachment as it relates to being happy in a relationship. Give it a try!